Puget Sound Strategic Planning

Core Values

We believe in the transformational power of a liberal arts education, where students come first and learning and holistic development is an absolute priority.


We are committed to articulate and creative self-expression as a means to achieving personal independence and making a difference in the world.


We genuinely respect each other and collaborate with honesty, integrity, and openness for the common good.


We practice civil discourse and deliberation, and have the courage to address difficult questions with innovative thinking.


We are passionate about our work and seek to instill in our students a commitment to intellectual curiosity and productive lives.


We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff.


We prepare our students to be thoughtful and active citizens and leaders, and support opportunities for the professional development of our faculty and staff.


We are responsible stewards of our talents, resources, and traditions.


The university and the wider community sustain each other. We value our Northwest location and the unique confluence of urban, cultural, and natural attributes that enrich our learning community.

Compiled from key values articulated by trustees, faculty, staff, and other university constituents.